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Bison Organic Honey Basil - Bison Brewing

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Bison Organic Honey BasilBison Organic Honey Basil

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Ratings: 172
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 16.43%
Wants: 5
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bison Brewing visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 11-01-2005)
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Photo of hosehead83


3.7/5  rDev +6.6%

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into an English "pot" pint glass.
Cloudy amber in color, with a decent head of off-white foam.
Aroma-Toasted malt, subtle honey note
Taste-Toasted malt,clover honey, herbal basil note. Rather delicate, subtle flavors in a decent balance and interesting flavor that just manages to pull it off. A nice match for some red-sauce Italian cuisine.

06-25-2012 17:16:33 | More by hosehead83
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

06-20-2012 00:12:50 | More by cashmier
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4.75/5  rDev +36.9%

06-12-2012 15:45:54 | More by FBGordon
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2/5  rDev -42.4%

06-10-2012 16:43:24 | More by olbubba
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New York

2/5  rDev -42.4%

06-03-2012 16:54:00 | More by JohnQVD
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4/5  rDev +15.3%

05-28-2012 01:50:42 | More by dcook11
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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

05-26-2012 01:04:23 | More by SocalKicks
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4/5  rDev +15.3%

05-22-2012 02:20:49 | More by KristaHall
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2/5  rDev -42.4%

05-08-2012 01:52:24 | More by Jamstone714
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3/5  rDev -13.5%

05-03-2012 04:09:04 | More by fisherbray
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +15.3%

04-29-2012 18:02:24 | More by yaksurf
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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

04-02-2012 02:20:00 | More by Unchi
Photo of Parrotshake


2.9/5  rDev -16.4%

Pours an orange-brown with about a finger of head. Smells a bit odd. Sweet, pepper, basil. Very sweet.

A very malty flavor with big hints at honey. Despite it's presence in the nose, basil comes on late but then becomes dominant. Malty and herbal without enough hop to balance it. Lively carbonation but a small amount is enough. A weird mish-mash of tastes. You won't want more than one.

03-12-2012 11:25:46 | More by Parrotshake
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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

02-12-2012 07:17:05 | More by shelby415
Photo of travolta


2.88/5  rDev -17%

App: not much head retention. Zero lacing. A cloudy, peachy, golden color.

Nose: Black pepper right away, orange, cinnamon.

Taste: Nice mouthfeel, the basil makes this beer dry throughout. The initial sweetness balances the dryness by just a tiny bit. Some spices like coriander, and black pepper stay with you the whole taste. There is a meade type aftertaste from the honey.

Notes: A good palate opener/challenge, but not a beer a will buy again.

02-08-2012 03:20:12 | More by travolta
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2.5/5  rDev -28%

02-04-2012 12:01:28 | More by sonorb7
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4/5  rDev +15.3%

01-30-2012 04:33:11 | More by duceswild
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4/5  rDev +15.3%

01-10-2012 14:29:59 | More by Stoffel
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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

12-09-2011 16:52:58 | More by iemailjack
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4/5  rDev +15.3%

11-17-2011 18:49:09 | More by csiewert
Photo of diablo14


4.15/5  rDev +19.6%

I generally like to play it straight with my beer, so it is with trepidation that I approach beers of this nature. Usually the fusion of 'exotic' ingredients makes for a well meaning, but unbalanced and ultimately disappointing brew. So it was with great surprise that I found this to be one of, if not the best, of these fusion beers that i've had thus far.

Let me start by saying that I love the color. It's a dark amber, bordering on bronze hue, to go with a decent head, and plenty of bubble.

The nose is malty, with a hint of sweetness (though not necessarily of the honey variety), with a hint of the basil. What was interesting is that the basil aroma smelled more like the thai variety (which smells a little like fennel seeds).

The taste is well balanced. It has a hearty malt backbone, with the honey acting more as a conduit between the sweet and the bitter than an actual flavoring. In other words, you can tell it's there, but it remains lurking in the shadows throughout. Its presence does make a slightly more obvious appearance as the beer warms.

The honey also acts as a 'smoothing' agent. It is a medium bodied beer, and the presence of the honey balances out all the other flavors perfectly. The hops then kick in firmly but with some panache, then follows my favorite part of this brew.

As the hops fade, the basil takes over in a very pleasing fashion, rounding out the drinking experience with a touch of class and also leaving a most enjoyable aftertaste when it's all done.

Though the brewery has used an interesting and somewhat surprising combination of flavors for this beer, they have done what many others have failed to do when attempting something similar, and that is execute the concept to a high standard. I'll be drinking this again in future.

10-12-2011 21:37:01 | More by diablo14
Photo of Halcyondays


3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a dark amber with a light white head, solid retention, light lace.

S: Dominated by basil and spice, some malt as well. Nice nose.

T: Sweet caramel like malt and honeycomb. Some light estery flavours, the basil is much less pronounced here than in the nose.

M: Medium-bodied, a pretty smooth beer, spicy finish.

O: A intriguing herb beer to say the least, you don't see basil that often. Fun to try, inexpensive, worth a shot.

10-12-2011 16:35:14 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of MrKennedy


3.45/5  rDev -0.6%

12oz bottle via a Beermasons subscription and poured into a Tripel Karmeliet tulip style glass.

Has a ruby appearance with a one finger head of cream coloured foam that dies down quickly.

Smell is unique, the honey is certainly there, more of a bush/dark honey than a pure, light variety. Plenty of toffee in there as well and a herbal note as well. Quite different, strong and something that would not be enjoyed by many, i'd suspect.

Taste has some good toffee, burnt caramel with some honey sweetness mixed in. Seems to meld in quite well together and is nice and rich.

Body is decent and suits the rich flavour, has a little bitterness at the end to keep it from being cloying.

Some good points, some not so good points. Different and probably more of a nice tick than anything else. Not something that will be selling keg after keg of (or bottle after bottle for that matter), but an interesting mix of ingredients and some point of difference.

10-09-2011 11:26:46 | More by MrKennedy
Photo of spicelab


3.33/5  rDev -4%

355mL bottle thanks to Beermasons.

Ruby amber, largely clear, with a sudsy just off-white head, about one finger. Slight ring of retention.

Rather malty with quite a strong sarsparilla note. The honey combines with light toffee and malt character. Don't get basil per se, but pick up a definite herbal freshness. Can't get much else.

Starts with and intangible soily, spicy note that morphs into honeysuckle and yes, basil. One-dimensional, but to be expected.

Light-medium mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation gives it some life. Pretty nice actually.

Quite refreshing really. Grew on me a bit over the course after I was initially ready to diss it as a gimmick but it does work.

10-04-2011 09:06:06 | More by spicelab
Photo of notchucknorris


3.68/5  rDev +6.1%

On tap at Urban Solace

A: Copper color with a thin tan head.

S: A ton going on here. Lots of honey along with some bready malts, banana, clove, and fig. Not getting any basil, though.

T: Still no basil. I got a lot of honey and caramel with some malt breadiness throughout. Not bad at all, but didn't have a ton going on.

09-19-2011 20:34:40 | More by notchucknorris
Bison Organic Honey Basil from Bison Brewing
79 out of 100 based on 172 ratings.